It is frequently essential to write mathematical, chemical, or other symbols using superscripts or subscripts. However, superscripts can’t be directly inserted into Google Sheets. Therefore, in order to enter a superscript, we need to use ASCII or Unicode code. In this article, we demonstrate two different ways to insert superscript using ASCII code in Google Sheets.

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## A Sample of Practice Spreadsheet

You can download the spreadsheets from the link below. The spreadsheets contain a dataset we use here. After downloading you can practice on your own as we demonstrate here.

## What Is Superscript in Google Sheets?

A superscript is a character that is slightly above the normal typing line. For example, if we write a temperature of 6°C then the degree sign(°) just above the number 6 is an example of superscript.

## 2 Simple Ways to Insert Superscript in Google Sheets

We insert **Symbol** of parameters in the following dataset using ASCII code. All of the parameters have superscripts in their symbol and we are going to insert those superscripts while writing the full **Symbol**.

### 1. Applying CHAR Function

We can put ASCII values as the argument of **the CHAR function **to insert superscripts in Google Sheets. Initially, we are going to insert **-1 ^{0}C** as the value of the

**Temperature**parameter.

📌 **Steps:**

- First of all, we select cell
**C5**to insert the value of the**Temperature**parameter. - Next, we insert the formula below in the formula bar. The formula contains
**“-1”**as the value of the temperature in Celcius scale.**CHAR(176)**portion gives us the superscript of the degree sign and**“C”**is the short form of the Celcius scale. All these are joined together by**AMPERSAND**operator (**&)**.

`="-1"&CHAR(176)&"C"`

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- As a result, -1°C is inserted in the selected cell with a superscript sign degree(°).

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- Now we are going to insert the
**Symbol**of**Carbon-13 Atom**in the selected cell**C6**. - Afterward, we write down the formula below in the formula bar. Here,
**CHAR(185)**and**CHAR(179)**give us the superscripts of one and three respectively. Finally, the symbol of the carbon atom**“C”**joins together with the returns of the**CHAR**function by the**AMPERSAND**operator.

`=CHAR(185)&CHAR(179)&"C"`

- Consequently, we get the
**Symbol**of**Carbon-13 atom**in the selected cell where**13**is inserted as a superscript.

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- This time we are going to insert the well-known Einstein’s
**Mass-Energy Equation**in cell**C7**. For doing this, initially, we select cell**C7**. - After that, we insert the formula below in the formula bar.

`="E=MC"&CHAR(178)`

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- Finally, we get the
**Mass-Energy Equation**in the selected cell with a perfect square superscript.

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#### A Short List of Necessary ASCII Character

Here are some necessary ASCII characters that you might need from time to time.

Character |
Code |

Superscript 1 | 185 |

Superscript 2 | 178 |

Superscript 3 | 179 |

Superscript 4 | 8308 |

Superscript 5 | 8309 |

Superscript of degree sign | 0176 |

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### 2. Using Keyboard Shortcut

However, instead of using the **CHAR **function, we can insert superscripts directly using the keyboard shortcut of the ASCII character.

📌 **Steps:**

- First of all, we want to insert
**-1**as the value of the^{o }C**Temperature.**Hence we select cell**C5**and write**-1**. Then we make sure the cursor is placed in the**right**place as indicated.

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- Next, we press
**Alt+0176**. As a result, we get the degree sign inserted as follows.

- Afterward, we write
**C**as usual to complete the insertion.

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- Now, we are going to insert the
**Symbol**of**Carbon-13 Atom**in the selected cell**C6**. Thus we write down**C**and place the cursor on the**left**side as indicated by the arrow.

- Then we press
**Alt+0185**for insertion of superscript one. Again we insert superscript three by pressing**Altl+0179**.

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- This time we are going to insert the
**Mass-Energy Equation**in the selected cell**C7**. Initially, we wrote down**E=MC**in the selected cell and placed the cursor as indicated by the arrow.

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- Then we press
**Alt+0178**to insert superscript two in the proper place.

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Anyone can use a Unicode character instead of ASCII code to insert a superscript in Google Sheets. To insert a superscript character perfectly in Google Sheets, one needs to copy the Unicode of that character from a website that generates Unicode and then paste it into Google Sheets.

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## How to Insert Subscript in Google Sheets

We can insert subscripts in a similar fashion to inserting superscript in Google Sheets. Here we demonstrate how to insert **Symbol** with superscripts using ASCII character.

**📌 Steps:**

- First of all, we want to insert a mathematical expression
**X**in the selected cell_{1}+2Y_{1}**C5**. - Hence, we put the formula below in the formula bar. Here,
**8321**is the ASCII code of subscript one that passes as an argument of the**CHAR.**

`="X"&CHAR(8321)&"+2Y"&CHAR(8321)`

- Consequently, we get the desired mathematical expression in the selected cell.

- At this point, we want to write the
**Symbol**of water molecule in cell**C6**. - Hence we select cell
**C6**and write down the formula below in the formula bar.**CHAR(8322)**of this formula gives us subscript two.

`="H"&CHAR(8322)&"O"`

- As a result, we get the
**Symbol**of water molecule with a properly inserted subscript**2**just after**H**.

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## Things to Remember

- Remember ASCII contains no subscript of letters. So we can’t write subscripts of any letters using ASCII code.
- Unicode provides subscripts and superscripts of almost all the letters, digits and symbols of different languages.

## Conclusion

In conclusion, inserting subscripts and superscripts in Google Sheets is not the same as in Google Docs or other documents. So, we need to take the help of ASCII or Unicode code to insert any subscripts or superscript characters. I believe, from now on you can insert superscripts in Google Sheets using the methods we discussed in this article. Visit our website **OfficeWheel** for the most useful articles.

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